Wednesday, March 31, 2004
As I've said before, I'm willing to let bygones be bygones before September 11, despite the Clinton Administration's limp record on terror. (Cluelessly limp. Remember Clarke boasted in 1999 that our response to the 1993 WTC bombing was scaring Al Qaeda, which is proof of cluelessness beyond contradiction.)Then, Jeff Jarvis
And that's why I object to Clarke exploiting them to make his rhetorical brownie points: I'll apologize on behalf of the entire frigging U.S. government to make them look bad and me look good and you feel good. Crap.Gregory Djerejian weighs in with
But you can't divorce his policy analysis (about how best to prosecute the war on terror) from the unfortunate revisionistic tendency (Bush=Bad; Clinton=Good) he falls prey to so often given his rapacious partisanship.... and he gives plenty of specifics.
On Clarke's partisanship, it's worth pointing out how, during the commission, he brazenly tried to imply that he was a Republican
CLARKE: Last time I had to declare my party loyalty, it was to vote in the Virginia primary for president of the United States in the year 2000. And I asked for a Republican ballot.Of course, in the 2000 election, he voted for Gore. For some strange reason, he didn't mention that until much later when he was pressed by Tim Russert. Voting in the Republican ballot meant nothing in party terms, because in 2000 there were no Democratic primaries. But he still made sure to mention it, because he knew that might trick some people into believing he was a "registered Republican". It worked beautifully, with most of the major press outlets saying exactly that. Of course, I knew that he was a partisan political cog when I saw him on Larry King repeating the "they questioned Max Cleland's patriotism" myth. Not only is it a myth, it's part of the standard Democratic propaganda line being peddled by John Kerry and other DNC functionaries. DNC functionaries, of course, including Dick Clarke.
Frankly, I'm sick of even hearing about this self-regarding jackass and people acting like he has a serious contribution to make to the discussion. The only thing I have left to say is- Let us never speak of this again.
For the concluding comment, I turn to Mickey Kaus
Isn't that the point? Clarke (we're told) thought the war was a disaster, yet he didn't impart this truth in public because it wasn't the role for which he was getting paid by ABC. But hey, now he's getting paid to bash Bush, so things have changed! Old Chinese proverb: Man who shades truth for money and to fit his expected role once is likely to shade truth for money and to fit his expected role again! ...
Ok- I just have to add this. Some direct statements from Bill Clinton showing that Dick Clarke is a liar. Seriously.
...Biden suggested at least one [European leader] did [understand US politics]. He told his audience of visiting an unnamed European leader whose government opposed the war in Iraq. Do you think it's more important to have the situation in Iraq righted than to see Bush defeated, the senator asked the European.From Just One Minute
The leader cleared his throat, hemmed and hawed, began three different sentences, and, according to Biden, finally gave an answer. "Yes," he said.
A teacher in a small Vermont town asks her class how many of them are John Kerry fans. Not really knowing what a John Kerry fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raise their hands except one boy. The teacher asks Johnny why he has decided to be different.Supposedly a true story. I am dubious. But still funny. (from Luskin)
Johnny says, "I'm not a John Kerry fan."
The teacher says, "Why aren't you a John Kerry fan?"
Johnny says, "I'm a George Bush fan."
The teacher asks why he's a George Bush fan. The boy says, "Well, my mom's a George Bush fan and my dad's a George Bush fan, so I'm a George Bush fan!"
The teacher is kind of angry, because this is Vermont, so she asks, "What if your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?"
Johnny says, "That would make me a John Kerry fan."